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Paducah ended the regular season with a 7-4 win over Muhlenberg County Wednesday night at Brooks Stadium.

Jacob Laws led Paducah to victory on the hill. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on no hits, striking out eight and walking one. Teal Young threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Hunter Combs took the loss for the Stallions. He surrendered three runs on three hits over one inning, walking one.

Paducah hit one home run on the day. Tyler Hubbard hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning. Reid Homan and Jacob Hartline each collected two hits to lead Paducah.

The Chiefs finished the regular season at 21-21.

With 14 players participating in this year's NBA Summer League, there really was no question that Kentucky was going to make a splash once again. All the two weeks of action did was solidify that no program better prepares players for the professional game than UK.

After being selected in the top 10 of the 2018 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, Kevin Knox (2018) showed off his versatility and dominated play en route to being one of five players selected to the All-NBA Summer League First Team. Knox averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals in four games in Las Vegas. His 29-point, nine-rebound effort against the Lakers in 33 minutes was arguably his best performance. He knocked down five 3-pointers in the game and scored 16 points in the third quarter.

He wasn't the only former UK player to shine, however.

Archie Goodwin (2013) became the all-time leading scorer in summer league history, Isaiah Briscoe (2016-17) earned a contract with the Orlando Magic, Knox's fellow draftees Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2018) and Hamidou Diallo (2018) received rave reviews, while NBA vets Bam Adebayo (2017), Dakari Johnson (2014-15) and Alex Poythress (2013-16) continued to star.

Malik Monk (2017) and De'Aaron Fox (2017) both had short stays with Monk injuring his thumb and Fox only appearing in one game for the Sacramento Kings, but both enjoyed eye-popping performances in their one appearance. 

In total, 14 former Wildcats took to the court during the three summer-league sessions played in Las Vegas, Sacramento and Utah.

Goodwin scored 57 points in six games with the Portland Trail Blazers who took home the Summer League's tournament title. He has now scored 375 career points in summer league action to become the all-time leading scorer. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 boards and 1.0 assists a game during this year's run.

The Orlando Magic signed Briscoe to a multi-year contract after having a stellar camp and quality performances in his abridged play in Summer League. Briscoe suffered a shin contusion in the third game, but put together back-to-back solid outings prior to that. He scored 16 points, dished out four assists, hauled in three rebounds and swiped two steals against the Nets in his debut.

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in four games with the Los Angeles Clippers. His best game came with 21 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists against the Kings. He reached double-figure scoring in all four games and had at least four assists in three of the four games he played.

Diallo displayed his freakish athleticism and an improved jumper in five games with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals a game, while shooting at a 48.8-percent clip. He enjoyed a 19-point performance on 7-of-11 shooting against the Nets. He also had eight rebounds and a pair of steals in that game.

Wenyen Gabriel (2017-18) suited up for the Sacramento Kings and put together an eight-point, 10-rebound effort against Gilgeous-Alexander's Clippers. He also had a 15-point game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a seven-point, 10-rebound outing vs. the Golden State Warriors.

Adebayo logged 14.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in five games with the Miami Heat. Johnson averaged 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game for the Thunder, while Poythress posted 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks a game for the Indiana Pacers.

Fox saw in action in the Kings' first game of the summer against the Lakers. He had 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Monk, who missed his rookie year's Summer League action due to an ankle injury, was prepared to utilize the added opportunities to continue to strengthen his game. After scoring 23 points with four 3-pointers to couple with two assists and a pair of steals against the Thunder, his time in Las Vegas was cut short again with an injury to his thumb.

NBA training camps open for all 30 teams on Sept. 25 with the first preseason games beginning on Sept. 28.

University of Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell Jr., has been named a preseason candidate for the 2018 Doak Walker Award, it was announced today. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum annually presents the award to the nation's top college running back.

Snell Jr., (Westerville, Ohio) led the Southeastern Conference in rushing touchdowns (19) and ranked third in total rushing yardage (1,333) and rushing yards per game (102.5) in 2017. His 1,333 rushing yards set a school record for most rushing yards by a sophomore. He also became the first player in school history to record 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

Snell, who already ranks eighth on the UK career rushing list (2,424 yards), is only the third player in SEC history to have at least 2,424 yards and at least 31 career rushing touchdowns before his junior season, joining Georgia's Herschel Walker and LSU's Leonard Fournette. He also holds the school records for total rushing touchdowns (32), most rushing touchdowns in a season (19) and most points in a season (116). In just 26 career games, Snell has climbed up to No. 7 on UK's career scoring list.

Snell is also a preseason candidate for the Maxwell Award, given to the college Player of the Year.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced on November 20. The committee will cast a second vote beginning November 26 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2018 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 6 on ESPN.

The award, which will name its 29th recipient in 2018, is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey says he plans to protest during the national anthem this season, even if it means getting a fine.

Casey tells CNN that "I'm going to take a fine this year, why not? I'm going to protest during the flag. That's what I'm going to say now."

Titans officials had no immediate response.

The NFL approved a policy in May allowing players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbidding them from sitting or taking a knee if they're on the field.

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance with the league to challenge the policy.

Casey raised a fist at the end of the national anthem before games last season.

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Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 in a power-crazy All-Star Game.

There were 10 homers on the night at Nationals Park, shattering the previous All-Star Game record of six. Seven came in the seventh inning or later.

While the power display entertained the fans who stuck around for the end of the 3 hour, 34-minute game, the one-dimensional exhibition won't allay any concerns about a sport that's becoming defined by home runs, strikeouts and walks.

Thirteen of the 14 runs came in on homers. All but two of them were solo shots. Jean Segura's three-run homer in the eighth was the only hit with a man in scoring position.

Scooter Gennett tied it for the National League in the ninth with a two-run homer. Then Astros teammates Bregman and Springer took Ross Stripling deep.